KYLE LAFFERTY has set his sights on Premiership football with Kilmarnock next season as he looks to settle down in Scotland in the coming years.

The Northern Irishman will look to save Tommy Wright's side from the drop during their final top flight fixtures with St Mirren and Hamilton this term.

Lafferty agreed a deal until the end of the season when he moved to Ayrshire in February and his impressive impact has seen him land the Player of the Month prize for April.

And the former Rangers and Hearts striker would be happy to sign on the dotted line once again after Killie have secured their Premiership status.

Lafferty said: "I’ve known from a young age that if you are happy off the pitch you will perform on the pitch.

"But me being me I have always done daft stuff and concentrated on football second to other things.

"But I am happy here and outside football I am living in my own home, I don’t have to travel for hours for games or training.

"I came to Kilmarnock because it ticked a lot of boxes for me and knowing the manager and the faith and trust he put into me made me want to reward him with goals.

"I will try and stay in Scotland, that’s my aim. I’ve done enough travelling abroad and travelling and being away from my wife and kids.

"I will try to stay in Scotland and if that’s Kilmarnock then I will be absolutely delighted because I have loved every single day I’ve been here with the lads and the manager.

"I’m playing football with a smile on my face which is a nice bonus for me.

"I’m sure at the end of the season we will sit down and talk about what we want to do.

"I would obviously like to stay in the Premiership, but I have a great connection with the manager and I would like to play at Rugby Park with the fans in.

"I know it’s a nice place to come to play, so I am not going to say ‘no, if we get relegated.’ But I would prefer to stay in the Premiership."